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The rosy fat magenta radish
Wolf, Janet, 1957-
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Boston : Joy Street Books, [1990]

Relates the excitement and rewards of a child's first gardening experience.
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Relates the excitement and rewards of a child's first gardening experience.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Given the increasing popularity of gardening books for children, it seems natural--and commendable--that the topic should be addressed in picture books. Both the text and art of Wolf's work, however, seem somewhat static--perhaps an inherent limitation of the subject (though Lois Ehlert's Growing Vegetable Soup covers similar ground with considerably greater panache). Nora has been eagerly awaiting Saturday, when neighbor Jim will help her plant seeds for radishes ``the color of Nora's favorite paint at school: magenta.'' Nora carefully follows Jim's instructions, but is disappointed when his vegetables become visible and she is left with a ``dirt patch.'' An attempt at suspense--Jim will be invited to Sunday dinner; will Nora's radishes be ready to crown the salad?--is minimal; the growing radishes, after all, cannot be perceived above ground. The bright and cheery paintings, imbued with pleasing childlike perspectives, seem lost without a significant story line to advance. Ages 3-6. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-- Nora has been eagerly awaiting her first gardening experience. She and her adult neighbor, Jim, have been preparing the soil all week, and now the day for planting has arrived. Together, they plant tomatoes, rhubarb, and lettuce. Then Nora puts the radish seeds into the soil by herself. It seems like forever before she sees tiny green leaves, but finally the big day arrives. She grabs a fistful of leaves and is delighted to find rosy fat magenta radishes--just like the picture on the seed package promised. Labelled tools of the trade appear in the endpapers; here and throughout the book simple, childlike lines are filled in with crayon-bright color. The art, framed in white borders, takes up most of the space in this large-format book and adds much to the joyful story about the rewards of gardening's labors. --Phyllis K. Kennemer, Jefferson County School District, Lakewood, CO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.